ABTT Silver Award for Sound Technicians

ABTT Silver Award for Sound Technicians

The ABTT Silver Award Courses are SCQF Level 8 qualifications which are recognised throughout the Industry. This is a practical course which intertwines theory and practice to ensure your day-to-day skills are validated while helping you specialise and refine your skill set for certain roles.

What is the Silver Award for Sound Technicians?

The Silver Award is a five day course which gives candidates more in-depth knowledge and understanding of best practice in the subject. It allows candidates to specialise further and validate experience in a specific area whilst progressing on from the Bronze Award.

Who can do the course?

Candidates wanting to pursue the Silver Award for Sound Technicians should have gained the knowledge and skills covered by the Bronze Award prior to considering undertaking this course.

How is the course structured?

The course is split in to six sections, these include:

1. Electronics Fundamentals Part One

2. Electronics Fundamentals – Part Two

3. Sound Communications

4. Sound Essentials

5. Advanced Sound

6. Electrical Equipment Testing (EET/PAT Testing)

The training is followed by the Silver Award Test.

What is covered in the course?

Courses 1 and 2: Electronics Fundamentals teach basic electronic theory and soldering skills, passive-basic semiconductor components, simple circuits, common power components and fuses. Kirchoff’s Laws, AC/DC, power, energy, resistor networks, capacitor networks, inductors, transformers, switches and electronic switches, potential divider circuits, passive filters, impedance, diodes & LEDs, AC rectification, fuses, MCBs, RCDs. Sensors, actuators and Boolean logic are also included.

Course 3: Sound Communications covers communication systems in theatre required to run smooth shows. Wired headsets systems, show relay and paging, cue lights, CCTV, analogue, digital wireless talkback systems, and how to interface several systems together.

Course 4: Sound Essentials covers important theoretical knowledge you need to understand, such as
fundamentals of sound, making the right connections, gain structure, signal to noise ratio, loudspeaker impedance, microphone types & digital theory.

Course 5: Advanced Sound covers theoretical and practical skills including sound wave theory, digital theory, MIDI, harmonic series, acoustics, reverberation time, Has effect, drawing sound system plans, computerised playback system and the knowledge to design sound systems for musical theatre.

Course 6: Electrical Equipment Testing (EET/PAT Testing) will set out systems to organise In-Service Inspection & Testing of Electrical Equipment (EET/PAT testing) of theatre electrical equipment and how to comply with the Electricity at Work Regulations for inspection & testing. The course includes visual inspection and electrical testing; testing periods; record keeping; system of inspection and testing; selection of suitable testing instruments, inspection requirements and the need to ‘risk assess’ the requirement for inspections and test.

How do I progress after this course?

Once a Silver Award has been achieved, many students decide that they wish to broaden their skill set and do a further “Silver Award” course in a different area. Alternatively – some decide they want to progress on the final Gold Award Course once they have moved in to managerial roles.

We offer the Gold Award Course to support the candidate in managerial roles within the Industry. Candidates should have responsibility for the management of the working environment and the practices therein.

How much does the course cost?

ABTT Members: £896 + VAT
Non-ABTT Members: £1,019 + VAT
Cost includes RCS certification to SCQF Level 8, relevant ABTT Codes of Practice & Training Log book.
You must complete all five days and successfully complete the Silver Award test to obtain full accreditation.

How do I apply for the course?

To apply for the course, simply take a look on our Training and Events Calendar to see when the next course is running. The application form will be available on that page and you will just need to fill it in and return to the ABTT Office via email or post. Please be aware that your course place will not be secured until full payment or purchase order has been received.


The ABTT Silver Awards are run once a year at the ABTT Summer School at Warwick Arts Centre, usually around the end of July and start of August each year.

Alternatively, this course can be scheduled as in-venue training for Affiliated Organisations and ISG Members. To enquire about hosting this course please contact us on: training@abtt.org.uk

The wealth of experience from industry specialists added to the training content that was delivered bringing the content to life. Having worked in the industry as a manager for many years I was surprised at the amount of basic technical information that I didn’t know and so for me personally the course was extremely valuable….

ABTT Silver Candidate, Summer School 2018
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